'Justice League' Cinematographer Wants To See A Zack Snyder Director's Cut

While Justice League marked the culmination of the DC Extended Universe, which kicked off with 2013's Man of Steel, many fans were underwhelmed with the overall narrative, possibly due to the amount of scenes reportedly cut from director Zack Snyder's original vision. Even one of the members of the film's crew, cinematographer Fabian Wagner, hopes to one day see those scenes restored back into a director's cut of the film.

"This one was even shorter than I expected, so there are scenes that aren't in there. I really hope we get to see a director's cut, which will give us everything that we shot that didn't make it in," Wagner told The Hollywood Reporter. "What I love about his [Snyder's] director's cuts is they are long, but he takes his time to tell the story. I've never watched any of his directors cut and thought 'This is long.' Whether they are three hours long, or three hours and ten minutes, they always seemed to go quick."

The production faced many challenges over the course of shooting, many of which came later into filming.

One obstacle the movie faced was that many of the films in the DCEU had been criticized for being too dark and not having enough whimsy, with humor getting injected into the story to spice up Snyder's original vision. Towards the end of the production, Snyder suffered a family tragedy and left the production, with Joss Whedon taking over the shoot and injecting some new scenes.

Additionally, the DCEU has received criticism for how long their movies are, resulting in Justice League being trimmed to just under two hours.

Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Wagner couldn't participate in the reshoots. Instead, 2nd unit photographer Jean-Philippe Gossart took over the role.

"He and I had been talking about what we've been doing, and he knew some of the style we've been going for," Wagner pointed out. "It was great to have someone I know and who knew the film beforehand and could come in and give it continuity."

Despite his frustrations with the end result, Wagner still appreciates the opportunity to work on a film with some of the greatest superheroes of all time, particularly his work with Batman and The Flash.

"There were so many days I came on set and I thought, 'Wow, I can't believe I'm shooting Batman, or shooting Superman,'" Wagner shared. "Both Zack and [visual effects supervisor John 'D.J.' Des Jardin] said to me that they want me to do a lot of interactive lighting, and create some sort of visual language that we could use to portray Flash's speed."

The cinematographer is currently shooting the final season of Game of Thrones, but hopes to be involved in the Flashpoint film, expressing, "I really loved the characters, and I loved the tone of it."

Justice League is in theaters now.

[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]